The AFNORTH International School would like to share the following information with you following the announcement of the Dutch Government latest COVID-19 Restrictions on Thursday 21 January 2021.
The Dutch Parliament has agreed to implement a curfew which will start on Saturday 23 January 2021 and will last until 9 February 2021 inclusive. The curfew means that people cannot be out on the street between 21.00 hours and 04.30 hours. Fines will be €95 without discussion.
There are some exceptions:
- Going or coming from work. A form from the employer is required.
- People who are involved in an emergency.
- People in need of medical care or due to animals in need of medical care.
- People making the last round with their dog (one person and dog on the leash).
- It is currently not possible to guarantee the end of the curfew by 10 February 2021. It will depend on the situation at that time. Should an extension be necessary, it will first need to be discussed again in parliament.
The Government underlines once more that research shows that most COVID-19 infections are linked to family and friend visits.
More stringent application of visiting other households /guests at home to be immediately implemented:
- Families/households are only allowed to have one guest in the house (currently still two).
- While visiting, the social distancing of 1.5 meters applies.
- Make sure that when you visit, you only make one visit per day, also adhere to social distance requirements.
AIS will remain closed until 7 February, with a potential reopening for face-to-face learning beginning on Monday 8 February. This lockdown applies to all school levels. However, the next press conference regarding the extension or not of the lockdown is expected on Tuesday 26 January. We will update on this position when further information is available.
Your national section will keep you informed during the online learning activities.
As a friendly reminder, the following remains the main priority to guide our behaviours:
- Limit social contacts and adhere to social distance restrictions
- Stay at home as much as possible.
- Do not travel when not necessary; this also includes within the NL. Travelling in from outside the EU one needs to have and present proof of a negative test. No unnecessary trips abroad at least until Mid-March 2021.
- Strict advice to work from home.
Testing: In case you develop symptoms of COVID 19 you should make an appointment to be tested via the number available: GGD 0800-1202.
The following links provide the most up to date information available from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM):
Common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- Cold symptoms such as a nasal cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Elevated temperature or a fever
- Sudden loss of taste and smell (without nasal congestion)
The Directorate will announce any new information relating to the whole school’s operation through our website and social media (Facebook and Twitter) messages.
Keep well and safe,